The Market District in Statesboro just keeps chugging along. The latest entrant - Monkey Joe's Parties and Play - an interactive indoor party center filled with an array of giant air-filled play structures, jumps, slides, obstacle courses, developmental games and "wacky" party rooms.
Located next to Mellow Mushroom in the Market District Center development, Monkey Joe's is slated to open during the third week of July. Owner Lisa Blount is very excited about bringing an exercise driven indoor recreational option to Statesboro.
"I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Health Promotion," Blount said. "I have also been a personal trainer. I think it is so important to instill the habit of exercising in children, and this is just another way to do that. Children can come inside and play on these inflatables for hours on end."
The 10,500 square foot facility will also have an arcade area and concession area similar to what would be found in a movie theater.
"We will have hotdogs, popcorn, pizza, and drinks, in addition to the traditional movie fare of candy, etc.," Blount said. "But, we will also have many healthy alternatives to choose from as well. That is very important to me."
Blount said that there will be a seating area for parents with flat screen televisions and wireless internet.
"Let's say it is a rainy day, and the children can't go outside to play and a parent needs to get some work done," she said. "They can come to Monkey Joe's, let the kids play, and use the wireless internet in the parent area. This isn't a drop off where a parent can leave a child, but the children are supervised by staff when they are in the play areas. The parent does have to stay on site, however."
Blount told me that each night the inflatables are deflated and sanitized. Also, once a week a professional sanitation company comes in and cleans all of the equipment.
"Sanitation is very important to parents, and it is important to me," she said. "We want this to be a very healthy environment for kids to come and just play to their hearts' content. Also, the inflatables will be changed periodically so children will have something to different to play on when they return."
Blount said the facility will be open to children ages 2 to 12. "There is a separate play area for very young children that is designed just for them," she said.
Her love for children in conjunction with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle is the perfect fit for Blount. "It is so easy to get excited about this concept," she said. "I have always had a love for children and working with children. This is a wonderful opportunity."
Blount is married to Bill Blount. Prior to pursuing her dream of owning her own business, Blount worked for Farmers and Merchants Bank in Statesboro for three years.
To learn more about Monkey Joe's, visit their website at www.monkeyjoes.com. The website will post when the Statesboro Monkey Joe's is opened. There are 14 other Monkey Joe's locations in Georgia, including one in Savannah. Prior to opening, Blount can be reached at (912) 481-6041.